Peeta is, in a word, likable. Although he has many traits, you could say that the word "likable" describes each of them. In fact, throughout the book and then the series, it is difficult to dislike Peeta at any point because he truly is one of the "good guys." His character guides each of his decisions in the book, and he is often forced to make very difficult ones. In spite of the many challenges he must go through, the reader always has the impression that Peeta is true to himself and to those he cares for. We see this time and again in his partnership with Katniss. While completely-good characters can actually be a bit boring to read about because they don't offer up much conflict in the storyline, Peeta is anything but boring. The reader is as invested in his storyline as any of the other characters. Much of the conflict that Peeta experiences is external, rather than internal, and this causes him to be the real "rock" of the book.
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